The Story So Far

So. I’ll be out from work for the rest of the month, and will rest at home. Details will stop from there, and that doesn’t mean you can pester me with comments and email and expect to be answered in real time.

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Noynoy Aquino at the Anti Con Ass Rally/Ayala Avenue, Makati City/June 11, 2009

Just like those lazy op-ed columnists, I will post updates in (almost) Twitter-length word boxes:

  • I was all fired up during Cory’s funeral, saddened I couldn’t join with the masses, and was less than brutal in pointing out outright politicking during the event (via Twitter). I should be resting, I know, but things like this lose a lot of spirit if you don’t experience it the same time as everyone else.
  • On the current National Artists brouhaha and the protesters and winners: an indication of how crooked GMA’s current judgment standards are (since, AFAIK, the title is a Presidential award)? an indication of how the supposed winners are undeserving based on how procedure wasn’t followed, and if they did submit to a re-review, they would surely lose the title? Latest update: an inquiry in the lower house will be conducted. Oh how fun this would be to watch.
  • Sentiments re GMA’s Le Cirque fiasco: I read this bit first on the online social networks, which was so ahead than say, Inquirer. So the accusation that this was propaganda started by “communist-arm” BAYAN is ridiculous, like they would consider making use of a gossip column of the NYT.
  • Again, re Le Cirque: the THEORETICAL dinner menu, which I don’t think was ever authenticated by the local media, was I understand made by a friend from the social networks. I can’t validate if ever he did state that it was THEORETICAL, since his site is down. I was surprised though that the list was even used at small rallies protesting the dinner, at student carinderias (as seen on TV news).

And on a lighter note:

How out of touch are they? Really?

c/o Ederic via Plurk:

A provision to postpone the 2010 presidential elections and extend the terms of office for all elective officials has been inserted into a House Resolution currently pending before the House committee on constitutional amendments…

The chairman of the House panel on constitutional amendments, La Union Rep. Victor Ortega, himself initially denied that any of the bills and resolutions referred to his panel contained a proposal for term-extension.

“The term extension is merely talk, rumors or ‘chismis’. The committee has not received any resolution … for any extension of term. I can assure you that not one member of this committee wants to extend our terms,” Ortega said.

But when Colmenares produced a copy of House Resolution No. 550 filed by Batangas Rep. Hermilando Mandanas, he suddenly changed his tone.

“As far as the committee is concerned, hindi pa talaga napapag-usapan yan. Naka-refer lang pero di pa talaga nade-deliberate,” Ortega said, as he quickly backtracked.

“The committee is not going to act on it (HR 550) until we are finished with all the public hearings. It’s not really a priority,… we will treat all the proposed measures equally,” he told reporters in an interview…

SOURCE

I just find it so frustrating to read on Philippine politics these days.

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Inquirer.net Editorial: Desperate for Obama

I’m not the sort who would blog about politics, but the following editorial piece from today’s Philippine Daily Inquirer needs to be brought out:

AFTER seven years in office, the President of the Philippines and her officials should be conducting our national affairs with greater aplomb and less bumbling. But bumble she did (and bumble they all did) as the Palace desperately sought a sign of endorsement from the American president-elect. She could have simply sent a telegram and lobbied behind the scenes for a return call. Instead, she threw herself at Barack Obama, and her subordinates threw a tantrum when she was rebuffed.

To top it all off—and this is what has caused the latest wave of national exasperation over the antics of our bumbler-in-chief—it comes at the incompetent little heels of previous, clumsy attempts at securing an Obama photo opportunity for President Macapagal-Arroyo.

Read the full article here.

Credit to MLQ3‘s Plurk.